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December 2017

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Peninsula Ballet Theater
Oksana Bondareva and Andrei Bolotin
Photo by Robert Shomler for Symphony Silicon Valley
Beyond the Land of Sweets
Presidio Dance Theatre

Updated February 24, 2018
Check with venues for performance, dates and times
Nov 25 - Dec 10
ODC Dance
The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told through music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love.
Nov 30- Dec 2, 8:00 pm
Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts
Six Degrees of Freedom
World premiere of a new evening-length work featuring performers in a hallucinatory virtual world where technology is only moments away from consciousness. Constructed as a dance-theater piece.
ODC Theater, San Francisco
Dec. 1-2
Smuin Ballet
The Christmas Ballet

ACT I: Classical Christmas
ACT II: Cool Christmas
Dec. 1-2 & 8-9, 8:00pm
Keith Hennessy / Circo Zero
"Hennessy is white, cis male, queer, immigrant/settler San Franciscan, anarchist, improviser, late 50s, and pissed... all of which situate his dancing / imagination."
The Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco
Dec. 1-3, 8-10
San Jose Dance Theatre
The Nutcracker
With the Cambrian Symphony’s 52 piece orchestra. Featured Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier are professional dancers Julia Rowe and Jaime Garcia Castilla from the San Francisco Ballet and Chisako Oga and James Cunningham from the Cincinnati Ballet.
Dec. 1-10
Detour Dance
A site-specific dance theater performance that traverses through the streets and stories of San Francisco’s Mission District. A foray into cultural amnesia, featuring forgotten stories of queers, people of color and long-time SF residents.
Dec. 2–3
Cal Performances
Ragamala Dance Company
Written in Water
Explores the cultural complexities of the modern world through the metaphor of the ancient Indian board game Snakes and Ladders, with a live music score performed by an ensemble of four musicians, including jazz trumpeter Amir ElSaffar.
Dec 3, 7:30pm & 9:00pm
DanceHackSF & Kinetech Arts
Brings together performers and developers to inspire one another and experiment with emerging technologies, featuring 2 days of events including Hackathon style collaborative workshops and performance showcases.
CounterPulse, San Francisco
Dec. 3, 3:00pm
Presidio Dance Theatre
Sherene Melania’s -- Beyond the Land of Sweets
A fully-narrated ballet with cherished classical excerpts of the Nutcracker Ballet, enchanted travels to celebrate winter traditions from across cultures, a delightful finale when the cast arrive in WHO-VILLE with the Toymaker Elves, Who’s, Dancing Christmas Tree, Reindeers, and Candy Canes.
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Dec. 6-10
Smuin Ballet
The Christmas Ballet

ACT I: Classical Christmas
ACT II: Cool Christmas
Dec 7-16, 8:00pm
SAFEhouse Arts
5 on 25
A Celebration for Joe Landini's 25th Anniversary. SAFEhouse Arts marks two milestones: Executive Director Joe Landini's 25-year contribution to the San Francisco dance community and the organization's next chapter in its new home in the Tenderloin.
SAFEhouse Arts, San Francisco
Dec. 8-9, 8:00PM
Dec. 10, 3:00PM
Cal Performances
Camille A. Brown & Dancers
BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play
Dec. 9, 7:00pm
Cardinal Ballet Company
The Nutcracker
Stanford University’s student ballet company's first full-length production of the holiday classic. Featuring classical ballet, social dancing, hip hop, guest choreography, and guest artists.
Dec. 9-10, 16-17
Sarah Bush Dance Project
New work explores the ideal of home — safe, solid, reliable, personal — and then, just like that, it can be gone. You have time to grab one suitcase; what do you put inside?
Dec. 9 - 10
City Ballet School
The Nutcracker
Dec. 9-23
Mark Foehringer's
Nutcracker Sweets

a danced storytelling in a special 50-minute version, performed with live music, for children of all ages. Concept, Choreography and Direction by Mark Foehringer. Music Direction by Michael Morgan.
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center for Arts, San Francisco
Dec. 13-30
San Francisco Ballet
Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
Dec. 14-16
Garrett + Moulton Productions
15th Anniversary Performance Season
Award-winning choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton return to ODC Theater to celebrate their company’s 15th anniversary performance season. December 16 8:00 PM special evening includes a pre-performance wine reception and a post-performance champagne and dessert party.
ODC Theater, San Francisco
Dec. 14-24
Smuin Ballet
The Christmas Ballet

ACT I: Classical Christmas
ACT II: Cool Christmas
Dec. 15, 7:00pm
Dec. 17, 6:00pm
Peninsula Ballet Theatre
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Featuring hip hop dance crews The Tribe and Poise'n and Tchaikovsky's music with newly reimagined twists brought to life by choreographers Alee Martinez and Stuck Sanders.
Fox Theatre, Redwood City
Dec. 15–24
Cal Performances
Mark Morris Dance Group

The Hard Nut
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
Dec. 15- 24
Symphony Silicon Valley
The Nutcracker
With the Ballet Stars of Moscow
A full company of Russian dancers direct from Russia Tchaikovsky’s music performed LIVE by Symphony Silicon Valley conducted by Maestro George Daugherty.
Dec. 15, 7:00pm
Dec. 16, 2:00pm
Dec. 17, 2:00pm
Dec. 22, 7:00pm
Dec. 23, 2:00pm
Dec. 24, 2:00pm
The New Ballet
The San Jose Nutcracker
Choreography by Dalia Rawson, featuring The New Ballet Studio Company, students from The New Ballet School, professional Guest Artists, the traditional score by Tchaikovsky performed by the New Ballet Orchestra conducted by Thomas Shoebotham.
The Hammer Theatre, San Jose State University
Dec. 16, 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Dec. 17, 2:30pm
Peninsula Ballet Theatre
The Nutcracker
Choreographed by Carlos Carvajal, with over 125 characters.
Fox Theatre, Redwood City
Dec. 18, 7:30 PM to 8:50 PM
Misty Copeland
in Conversation with Laurene Powell Jobs

Gugulethu Ballet Project Benefit
Gugulethu Ballet Project with City Arts & Lectures brings Misty Copeland to San Francisco for a special conversation about Misty's life and career.
Nourse Theater, San Francisco
Dec. 23, 1:00pm & 5:00pm
Dec. 24, 1:00pm
Oakland Ballet
Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker
Live music by the Oakland Symphony and Mt. Eden Women's Ensemble, more than 40 young Bay Area dancers aged 7 to 17 in the roles of snowballs, mice, soldiers and candies, performing alongside the company's professionals.
Check with theaters for dates and times.

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